Leadership Inspirations Activities
Sharks And Minnows
Try not to get tagged
Type Of Activity
Large Open Space
- Lay out the boundaries of the play area with rope or landmarks.
- Pick one student to be “It” and have them stand in the middle of the gym/play area.
- All other participants stand on one side of the gym/play area.
- The person who is it calls everyone to go with, “Swim fishes, swim”.
- All the participants must then make it across to the other side of the play area without being tagged.
- If they are tagged, they must stand where they were tagged and without moving their feet attempt to tag others.
- The 1st person who is “It” is the only one who can ever move.
- All those not tagged wait for the person who is “It “to tell them to go again.
- The game is over when everyone has been tagged.
- Safety: Be sure to encourage people to be safe while running and tagging.
- You can add one or more people who are “medics” who can free frozen people by tagging them.
- You can also have more than one person be “It”.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- What was the goal of this activity?
- Did your group do well? What could have improved?
- How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
- How did your group manage conflict that arose?
- What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
- What motivates our group?
- How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
- What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
- What’s one commitment each person can make?
- What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
- How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
- What can you do differently moving forward?